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A Death at Fountains Abbey by [Hodgson, Antonia]
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Through an admirable amount of research the award-winning author has used real people, events and settings to create a delightfully enjoyable standalone thriller. It crackles with wit and charm and cements Hawkins' place as the most lovable rogue in historical fiction. (Express online)

A tale that more than matches its predecessors for pace and atmosphere. (The Sunday Times)

I love Antonia Hodgson's slightly wicked sense of humour and it's put to good use here and her clear affection for Tom and Kitty and Sam, as well as her enthusiasm for the period, is infectious. This is such a strong series and I hope it goes on and on. (For Winter Nights)

Antonia Hodgson weaves a fantastic tale of both fact and fiction and emerges with a thoroughly enjoyable romp of a story. (Nudge)

A cracking murder mystery...The writing is clever, witty, eloquent and gripping, a real pleasure to read...you can almost feel that you are living in 18th century London. Historical fiction fans will lap this up, as did I. (Breakaway Reviewers)

A glorious Georgian mystery. (Essie Fox, Sunday Times Crime Club)

Hodgson's firm grip of characterisation and plot produces an occasionally outrageous, mischievous, entertaining and immensely enjoyable adventure story from its dramatic prologue to its chilling finale. (Crime Review)

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The new twisting mystery from the CWA Historical Dagger 2014 winner Antonia Hodgson.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3162 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1473615097
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016IOF6M8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having enjoyed the two previous novels in the Thomas Hawkins series, “The Devil in the Marshalsea,” and “The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins,” I was delighted to have the opportunity to read this. It begins in 1701 with a fire in Red Lion Square, London; house of John Aislabie. The first is started by a young maid, and the repercussions of that event come back to haunt Aislabie in 1728.

John Aislabie had been Chancellor of the Exchequer during the South Sea Scheme; when the bubble burst leaving many bankrupt and causing the previously successful Aislabie to slink away to his country home, Studley Royal in Yorkshire. Now he has contacted the queen, believing his life to be in danger and she, in turn, sends Hawkins, and his ward, Sam Fleet, to investigate. However, Hawkins is also given another mission – to discover the whereabouts of the green ledger, with the names of over one hundred illustrious names who made a profit from the South Sea shares.

From the very beginning, Aislabie seems keen to point the finger at a local family of poacher’s; making Hawkins wonder why he was needed and despite evidence that the anonymous letters and warnings about harm coming to Aislabie and his family, seem to originate from the house he lives in. There are a whole host of possible suspects and secrets at Studley Royal. These include Elizabeth Fairwood, who is possibly Aislabie’s long lost daughter, who vanished during the fire at Red Lion Square, his troubled nephew, Metcalfe Robinson and an ongoing row with neighbour, Mr Messenger, whose family have lived at nearby Fountain’s Hall for over one hundred years. Aislabie has coveted his neighbour’s property and, indeed, shows no signs of being the bankrupt penitent that Hawkins expects to find.
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In Tom Hawkins, Antonia Hodgoson has created a character of genius. In this Fountains Abbey outing, he leaves the familiar environs of London, under orders from the Queen. He has no choice as the Queen knows that Kitty, his wife, killed someone and if he fails the mission, she will be brought to justice.

This is the third book in a series going from strength to strength. I love the central character, first introduced when Tom was incarcerated in the debtors prison, Marshalsea. The rigours of life in early 18th century England are brought vividly to life in this series. Each book is woven around fact and although they all work well as a stand alone, the character development and relationships is building in every book. This story is set in Yorkshire and is a murder mystery, filled with political intrigue and machinations and gives insight into the South Sea bubble; the first notable financial scam which involved the monarchy, nobility and many others.

Fraser's plotting is superb; well paced throughout with unexpected twists which make it difficult for the reader to know how it will end. I particularly enjoy the many throw away humours one liners. They're always apt and add a different dimension to a solid tale of deception, greed and revenge with a dollop of lust. Truly great storytelling. I bought the Audible version and I'm sorry to say I finished it in less than 2 days, because I'd like more!
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Having read the first two terrific novels in Antonia Hodgson’s Thomas Hawkins series and loving both “The Devil in the Marshalsea” and “The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins”, her third is even better. “A Death at Fountains Abbey” is a fast-paced, cleverly plotted, and sometimes extremely witty, addition to her historical fiction thrillers. It reads beautifully as a stand-alone and the attention to detail is remarkable. I thoroughly enjoyed “A Death at Fountains Abbey” and look forward to the next in this great series.
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This is the third book in Antonia Hodgson’s series featuring loveable rogue Tom Hawkins. We first met him when he was languishing in the Marshalsea prison, and in the second instalment (which I read just a few weeks ago) he was free and living above a disreputable printing shop in London with his common law wife Kitty Sparks, who he had met in the Marshalsea. His adventures in book 2 brought him into contact with royalty notably Queen Caroline, the wife of George II, who was impressed by his good looks and clever wit, and in this latest chapter of Tom’s adventures the Queen takes advantage of some information she holds against him in order to command him to do her bidding.

John Aislabie was a real-life Chancellor of the Exchequer who suffered disgrace and ignominy as a result of his involvement in the ‘South Sea Bubble’, a financial scandal in which many investors were ruined but from which Aislabie emerged with his finances, if not his reputation, relatively undiminished. He contacts the Queen to demand protection when he receives threatening letters at his home in Yorkshire, and Caroline sees an opportunity to despatch Tom Hawkins, ostensibly to investigate the threats against Aislabie but in reality to search for a missing ledger which contains the names of several notable figures who would not want their involvement in the scandal to be made public. Whilst in Yorkshire Tom, Kitty and their ward Sam Fleet (the son of an East End gang leader who Tom is trying, against the odds, to turn into a gentleman) are thrown into a maelstrom of violence, plotting, deceit and murder as it emerges that Aislabie has made a lot of enemies over the years, any number of whom could be behind these latest threats to his life.
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